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SNL Cold Opens With The Debate

Alec Baldwin's Trump was spot on, and Kate McKinnon did not disappoint.
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Saturday Night Live did a good job in their opening, I thought, answering the question, 'How do you a parody an election which is essentially a parody of itself?' Others disagree, insisting that the whole dreary spectacle is so unfunny that it's not really possible, and like many, wish the whole damn thing was over with already. It's hard to argue with that viewpoint either. Regardless, watch the clip above and judge for yourself.

Source: Entertainment Tonight

Saturday Night Live kicked off its 42nd season tackling politics head on, and it's clear from the first episode that this election cycle is going to be a boon for the long-running sketch comedy series.

The show, hosted by Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie, started off, as expected, by lampooning the recent presidential debates with Alec Baldwin debuting his spot-on Donald Trump impression while recent Emmy winner Kate McKinnon was in top form, bringing a new enthusiasm and energy to her beloved Hillary Clinton caricature.

Baldwin's Trump hit all the highlights fans hoped he would mock -- including his hatred towards Rosie O'Donnell, his pronunciation of "China," and his self-professed calm temperament -- while McKinnon balanced Clinton's zealous drive to be president with the politician's calm and measured demeanor barely containing her excitement.

It was an impressive cold open that managed to stay fair and balanced while at the same time mocking the absurdity of Trump's debate performance (and jokingly revealing his "romance" with Sean Hannity).

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